In a small victory for common sense in the courtroom, former McLoud schoolteacher Kimberly Crain has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for committing an untold number of sex crimes against children, including abuse occurring at her school.
Crain previously claimed to fear for her life should she go to prison. In a letter written to Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan asking for probation instead of incarceration, Crain claimed female inmates at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center had been following her case “on the Internet and were waiting on me to come.”
Sorry, but that's a price you pay for committing heinous crimes against children, not a get out of jail free card. Thankfully, the judge was not swayed by this malarkey.
Crain exploited her students by having them fulfill the perverse requests of former Oklahoma Baptist University professor Gary Doby, who would communicate with Crain's students online. The children were asked to pose in sexually suggestive ways, often in their underwear. District Attorney Richard Smothermon described Crain's and Doby's crimes as “shocking to me, and I've been doing this for 23 years.”
Unbelievably, Crain blamed her behavior on a hormone imbalance brought on by menopause and sessions with a hypnotist, whom she visited to help lose weight. Nonsense! A hypnotist might make you cluck like a chicken; he won't turn you into a pedophile's sidekick and enabler.
Compassion should be reserved only for the victims of this crime, not its perpetrators. Reportedly, at least eight abused girls are seeing counselors. Some children are now a year behind in school, others are bullied because of the resulting publicity, and some have understandably transferred to other schools.
Those children will live with the consequences of Crain's crimes well beyond the length of her 45-year prison sentence. Crain deserved no mercy; thankfully, she got none.